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Cat. No. 673/II

Pendus Fragile

State/Variant:
State II of II
Date:
c. 1948
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Delicate Hanging"
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature, Objects
Techniques:
Engraving, Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching and engraving, with pencil and black ink additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 15/16 x 3" (17.6 x 7.7 cm); sheet: 9 15/16 x 6 5/8" (25 x 16.9 cm)
Signature:
"L. Bourgeois" lower left margin, pencil.
Inscription:
"ètat 2" lower right margin, pencil, artist's hand. Verso: "les pendus / fragiles / 3 x 7" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
The artist at Atelier 17, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state II
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I, in engraving: hanging forms further delineated; uppermost ground line reinforced.
Curatorial Remarks:
In the second half of the 1940s, Bourgeois spent time at Atelier 17, the print workshop of Stanley William Hayter. The workshop had transferred operations from Paris to New York during the war years. It is not known precisely which prints she made at the workshop since she also worked at home on a small press. The designation of “the artist at Atelier 17” as printer means that the impression was likely made at the workshop. The designation is based on dates, inscriptions, techniques favored at Atelier 17, and/or stylistic similarities to images in the illustrated book “He Disappeared into Complete Silence,” which the artist repeatedly cited as having been made at Atelier 17. It is also possible that Bourgeois worked on certain plates both at home and at the workshop, or pulled impressions at both places.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 55
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
151.1990.2

Pendus Fragile
c. 1948

States

Louise Bourgeois. Pendus Fragile. c. 1948
State I of II
c. 1948
Louise Bourgeois. Pendus Fragile. c. 1948
State II of II
c. 1948